Grateful Dead Live at Ventura County Fairgrounds on 1983-07-30
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
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ACM>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Ernie Dodd
- 2004-06-19 23:58:20
- Ventura, CA
Subject: also there NOT hot
I think the smoking hot mid summer tour was so darn good they just went threw the motions for these 2 shows. But still good time had by our crew back then. Sugaree to open 2nd set only done 1 other time this year in Maine was fun but we got to many Playin>China dolls to make this one special. I prefer next night Other one space was long and hot. Think weather threw them off these two days this one more then next though.
Subject: This space is getting hot
Subject: No Satisfaction
That being said, this is a smokin' little show. Not as lengthy as some others from the era, but great playing start to finish, espeicially in light of the month-long layoff before this date. Jerry tears it up on Music Never Stopped, and the Playin' jam hits the slipstream nicely. Love Jerry's vocal flub at the apex of China Doll, where he's singing at half time, and then the band has to catch up on the "just a little nervous" part. My first show, and a real good time.
Subject: Disappointing 20+ yrs later
Subject: listen fatigue
Subject: Yeah Ventura!
I liked the Sugaree 2nd set opener and remember the Big Railroad Blues with a train in the background. Early years in my time seeing the Dead, still amazed at the mass of happy hippies.
Gonna give it a four.
Subject: Location Location Location!
I had just started my first summer intern job, and my job was in Sunnyvale (some 400 miles away), and the show was on Sunday.
This was my introduction to "you've got to work for a living and try to be a dead head at the same time" Whew! I still haven't gotten over it. I lived on the third floor of an apartment building, and my best buddy mike (died 1984 bless his soul), was walking up between the second and third floor and dropped a beer bottle in the middle of the courtyard, and it went from dead silent to echoing breaking glass at 3AM. He dropped me off at work the next morning and I had brought a Techincs 1506 half track reel-to-reel with me from LA but didn't take into the apartment the night before (thank god it didn't see the same fate as the coors bottle!) So I showed up at work with this reel-to-reel (and those mofo's weigh a lot!), and everybody gave me a strange look - plus I was hungover, lack of sleep, etc. What an adventure!
Subject: Buddy face it ...
and plenty of other stuff and on the flip lots of uninspired cocaine enduced singing-hurry up and get through it at lightning speeds.
Subject: THIS SHOW
I REMEMBER IT VIVIDLY AS I WAS THERE. IT SO SO FUCKING HOT I MEAN HOT! DID I SAY IT WAS HOT. YEA, REALLY HOT AND WINDY. REALLY FUCKING WINDY. OHH, I ALMOST FORGOT, THE DUST, SO FRIGGIN HOT,WINDY AND DUSTY THEY SHOULD HAVE CANCELED.
I MEAN IT.
IT WAS AN AWFUL VENUE. A RACE TRACK. A DIRT RACE TRACK. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A PROBLEM WITH DAVID'S ACCOUNT OF THIS SHOW "WORST EVER", "TURNING POINT", ETC, BECAUSE HE WAS NEITHER ON STAGE OR IN THE AUDIANCE. HE SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME BACKSTAGE DRINKING FOR FREE OR IN AN AIR CONDITIONED TRAILER. I REMEMBER BOB HAVING TO STOP MID SONG AND WIPE HIMSELF DOWN HE WAS SWEATING SO MUCH. I REMEMBER BILLY GETTING SAND IN HIS EYE'S AND HAVING TO STOP AS WELL. HARD TO GIVE A GOOD PREFORMANCE IN THOSE CONDITIONS. THE HEAT,WIND, AND DUST WERE ABSOLUTLEY RIDICULOUS.
I HAVE GEN 0 TAPE'S OF THE ENTIRE WEEKEND THAT I MADE MYSELF AND THEY ARE INAUDIBLE DUE TO THE WIND. ANOTHER IN THE LONG LIST OF HAD TO BE THERE TO UNDERSTAND SHOWS. DONT BLAME IT ALL ON JERRY'S PROBLEM.
Subject: Grateful Graces
Subject: That China Doll
Subject: Fun in the sun!
Subject: Junkie Fun....
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